Sunday, March 29, 2009

A new cause!!! by Mr. Daddy

Now I am not one to champion a cause or support one (at least not in any radical way)….

But as I was perusing the Yahoo News this morning, I came upon a SHOCKING new study that just has me Boiling Mad.

Crustacean Lovers from around the world we must unite….(for this is what I read)

"A favored method of preparing fresh crabs is to simply boil them alive. A longstanding related question: Do they feel pain?

Yes, researchers now say. Not only do crabs suffer pain, a new study found, but they retain a memory of it (assuming they aren't already dead on your dinner plate). The scientists say its time for new laws to consider the suffering of all crustaceans.

The study involved using wires to deliver shocks to the bellies of hermit crabs, which, being hermits, often take up residence in left-behind mollusc shells. The crabs that
were shocked scampered out of their shells, "indicating that the experience is
unpleasant for them," the scientists concluded; unshocked crabs stayed put.

Another test was run to see what would happen if a mild shock was delivered, one just below the threshold that would cause the crabs to leave home. These mildly shocked crabs, along with crabs that had not been shocked, were then offered a new home. The typical reaction: They'd go inspect the new shell. Significantly, those that had been shocked were more likely to pack up and move to the new residence compared to those that hadn't been shocked.

"There has been a long debate about whether crustaceans including crabs, prawns and lobsters feel pain," said study researcher Bob Elwood of Queen's University Belfast in the UK.

"We know from previous research that they can detect harmful stimuli and withdraw from the source of the stimuli but that could be a simple reflex without the inner 'feeling' of unpleasantness that we associate with pain," Elwood explained. "This research demonstrates that it is not a simple reflex but that crabs trade-off their need for a quality shell with the need to avoid the harmful stimulus."

The findings are detailed in the journal Animal Behaviour.

Interestingly, scientist don't fully understand pain in humans. It is felt when electrical
signals are sent from nerve endings to your brain, which in turn can release painkillers called endorphins and generate physical and emotional reactions. The details remain unclear, which his why so many people suffer chronic pain with no relief.

At any rate, Elwood compared the results of the crab study to how you might react to a painful experience.

"Humans, for example, may hold on to a hot plate that contains food whereas they may drop an empty plate, showing that we take into account differing motivational requirements when responding to pain," he said. "Trade-offs of this type have not been
previously demonstrated in crustaceans. The results are consistent with the idea of pain being experienced by these animals."

A Norwegian study in 2005 concluded lobsters react to boiling water or other pain stimuli, but that they don't have the emotional capacity to experience it as pain in the way higher animals do.

But a study by Elwood and colleagues in 2007 found prawns were irritated when their
antennae were treated with acetic acid, and after a local anesthetic, they'd stop rubbing the antennae. He said this was evidence that they suffer pain, and that lobsters likely feel pain, too.

Elwood thinks its time for some crustacean empathy.

"Millions of crustacean are caught or reared in aquaculture for the food industry," he said. "There is no protection for these animals (with the possible exception of certain states in Australia) as the presumption is that they cannot experience pain. With vertebrates we are asked to err on the side of caution and I believe this is the approach to take with these crustaceans."

Now I don’t know about you, but after the first line I was totally hooked. (I couldn’t believe that some waterhead idiot would actually do these experiments let alone publish them). After collecting my stunned senses and closing my gaping mouth, I began to process what this educated Idiot actually put out there……

"A favored method of preparing fresh crabs is simply to boil them alive."

Is this as opposed to boiling them dead?????
I live the Pacific Northwest and have eaten my share of Crustaceans, and I for one, am really not sure of any other ways to cook them…

He goes on to say that they shove a prod up the poor little fellow’s butt and crank up the voltage!!!!!!

WELL…….HELLLLLLLooooooo!!!! do you really think it takes a rocket scientist to figure out the reaction to that one??? But wait there is more stellar genius at work here…(that is only after the assumption that it isn’t already dead and on your dinner plate).

He then takes the moral high ground and calls for new laws to consider the suffering of all crustaceans….(I’m really hoping no blonde Hollywood type gets a hold of this one.)

Then they go on to putting acetic acid on the poor little buggers, then hopping them up on all kinds of pain killers….

Can you believe that they call me barbaric for just throwing them in the pot and eating them??????

How many years of higher education do you think is required to reach this stunning intellect?????

The only group of people that I can think of that matches this spectacular display of higher levels of mental processing is some of our elected officials.

But that’s a Blog for another day…


Elyse said...

Seriously! Some poeple just try to get a rise out of others. They may feel pain, but how else do you cook them? are not barbaric at all!

Shanda said...

*Laughing* You have a good point what humane way would they prefer for them to die before we cooked them? I'm sure it would add some kind of chemical that would be harmful to our human bodies, but hey, if it means no harm to the crustaceans...

BTW, we did NOT end up getting the puppy. (at Christmastime) Had the price been lower I might have caved and tried to explain later...but, it just wasn't possible. Thankfully, we traveled over Christmas and our daughter seemed to completely forget about it. It may show up on the top of her list for next year though! ;)

I hope your "talk with dad" was a good one...(Soul Stitches)

Pam D said...

Just another step towards a totally vegan world. Except.. what are they gonna do if someone is able to prove that PLANTS feel pain, too? I suppose the human species must then simply visit the nearest suicide specialist and do themselves in for the good of .. what? Geez, Louise, (or geez, Mr. Daddy, except that it doesn't rhyme). We are OMNIVORES, for cryin' out loud.. we are NOT herbivores. We lean a bit towards the carniverous side, actually. I, for one, shall demand that ALL of my crabs be cooked ALIVE from this point forth.. thankyouverymuch for the heads up! (and thank you for putting BY MR. DADDY in the header, for those of us whose bi-focals might need a little tweaking on the fine print...). :<)
Have a nice day! said...

I still cannot get over that you said that after the first "line you were hooked". Sounds like another act of cruelty to me!


Off to boil my dinner...hope the screaming doesn't wake the neighbors ")

He & Me + 3 said...

Oh my...this is so ridiculous. Don't these people have better things to do, maybe fill out their final four brackets? LOL
I am cracking up about your elected official comment too.
Can't wait to read that post:)

Anonymous said...

Number 1: this is the most HUMANE way to cook them. It is FAST. They die almost INSTANTLY.

Number 2: YUMMMMMM-O...OK, not nice, but now I'm hungry for some yummy crab salad....

Number 3: we are so concerned for the well being of CRUSTACIANS, but unborn babies that react to the SAME pain stimuli get no considerations by these "tree huggers". Shameful. Truely shameful.

Here, let me tell you how I REALLY feel.... snicker snort

Mom Of Many said...

OH MY!! Do not be dismayed...I think that the same gentleman who probably spent millions of taxpayer dollars to do the study...would be delighted to know that I have come up with THEE answer...


Let's DROWN them instead...


Stacy said...

I'm sure this was a taxpayer paid research doesn't that up the ante on being boiling mad?? What a waste of time and money! It's called the Circle of Life people! I'm pretty sure the crabs natural predators don't stop and think if they are going to cause them pain before they eat them. I agree wholeheartedly, Mr. Daddy.

And momof3darlings...on point number 3...I agree 110%. :)